DEFENSE: Another Nick

After six weeks' study, the House Appropriations Committee, headed by New York's economy-minded John Taber, last week reported out to the House floor an armed forces appropriations bill which would nick $1,337,422,500 off Defense Secretary Wilson's pared-down budget:

The downward course of the 1954 defense budget to date:

Truman budget $40.7 billion Wilson budget 35.7 " Appropriations Committee budget 34.4 The committee's proposed allocation of funds : Army $12.9 billion Navy 9.3 " Air Force 11 " Taber's committee applauded as "sound and reasonable" Wilson's plan to reduce the Air Force buildup goal from 143 to 120 wings. But where Wilson...

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